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Ghiaccio Nove

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Uno scrittore decide di scrivere un libro sul giorno in cui è stata sganciata su Hiroshima la prima bomba atomica. Si intitola "Il giorno in cui il mondo finì" ed è centrato sull'idea di descrivere cosa stessero facendo alcuni scienziati nucleari nell'esatto momento in cui avveniva la catastrofe. Attraverso una corrispondenza con i tre figli dell'ormai defunto Felix Hoenik ...more
Paperback, 216 pages
Published September 15th 2003 by Feltrinelli (first published 1963)
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Laurel Profanity is not the issue. Vonnegut is writing about big themes, never more important than today when the ice caps melt, the seas rise, and the…moreProfanity is not the issue. Vonnegut is writing about big themes, never more important than today when the ice caps melt, the seas rise, and the forests burn. An intelligent teen wouldn't be put off by a few "swear words." Neither should their adult guides.(less)
Sean I read it as a fairly prudish 16 year old and did not find it objectionable. I am re-reading it now, several decades later, and still don't find it…moreI read it as a fairly prudish 16 year old and did not find it objectionable. I am re-reading it now, several decades later, and still don't find it objectionable. (less)
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Lorenzo Berardi
There are two voices inside my head. Let's call them Lore and Enzo. At the moment L & E are quarreling on Cat's Cradle.

(...)
L) Oh come on! This book is wonderful. Perhaps it's the best novel Vonnegut has ever written.
E) Are you kidding me? Have you read the whole of it?
L) Of course I've read it from its first word to the very last one.
E) And haven't you noticed anything strange?
L) What are you talking about?
E) I mean, you know, it's a discontinuous novel. I can't deny it has a great beginni
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Manny
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Danger
Mar 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: ugly children, most plant-life, human beings, and members of ABBA
I've read this book four times. It's better than the Bible, because unlike the Bible, this book knows it's fiction.
mark monday
there are probably as many reviews of Cat's Cradle as there are stars in the sky, so no doubt there's little i can add that's of any value. who cares? i love hearing myself talk, so let's go for it!

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well, this is harder than i thought. it's as easy as describing why i love my favorite pillow or threadbare t-shirt, or why i like rainy days as much as sunny days. okay, here goes. the inventiveness of Cat's Cradle and its bleak, absurd humor was incredibly eye-opening to me in high school and
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Steve
Jan 16, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another review in the KISS series (Keep It Short, Steve)

In Anne Fadiman’s superb book about books called Ex Libris, she divides readers into two categories: those who keep their books in pristine condition (courtly lovers) and those who delight in marginalia (carnal lovers). I started out as one of the former (conditioned, no doubt, by fear of library fines), but became one of the latter. Cat’s Cradle was my first prurient experience, dating back to high school. Part of the reason was that I sna
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Lisa
I loved this book!

It turned out to be one of those easy-to-read stories that leave you thinking, and thinking, and thinking. The science fiction aspect of the plot is not important at all. It is the impact of power, knowledge and ritual on every single individual that made me want to restart reading it as soon as I finished. I absolutely adore the creation of Bokononism and the development of a new language to suit the needs of the religion-in-the-making.

Margaret Atwood's MaddAddam experiments
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Evgeny
May 19, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: scifi
A group read with the following wonderful people: Ashley and Erin. Please let me know if I missed somebody.

Before I start talking about the plot let me give you a piece of advice. If after you finish reading this one the first question that comes to your mind would be ,"WTF did I just read?" it is perfectly normal and common. You can imagine now how easy is it to discuss the plot. Anyhow, Dr. Felix Hoenikker happened to be one of the founding 'fathers' of the atomic bomb. The MC named John (whos
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Dan Schwent
Sep 23, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014
When he embarks on a project to write a book about the creators of the atomic bomb, Jonah has no idea what he's going to unearth: Dr Felix Hoenikker and Ice-Nine, a substance that will instantly freeze any water it comes into contact with into more Ice-Nine, a substance capable of destroying all life on earth. Can Jonah find the missing Hoenikker children and secure their chips of Ice-Nine to safeguard the world?

Here we are, my second experience with Kurt Vonnegut and one of his Big Important Bo
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Lawyer
Cat's Cradle: Vonnegut's String Game


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Cat's Cradle, First Edition,Holt, Rinehart and Winston

Published in 1963, "Cat's Cradle" is Kurt Vonnegut's fourth novel. I consider it one of the great satirical works of the 20th Century. Often referred to as a modern Mark Twain, Vonnegut's view of American society more fully embraces a society and its group values, while Twain's targets for his biting wit were more specifically aimed, although with the same verve and joy in the revelation of the foibles of l
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Chris
Jan 31, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
Nothing in this review is true.

As much as I enjoy reading Vonnegut, one of the nagging little doubts I always have is that I'm missing something. That there's a hidden message in there that I'm not picking up on. Or, on the other hand, that I am picking up messages that just aren't there.

Which is, perhaps, the point of the whole book.

The world is full of lies. Good lies, bad lies and indifferent lies, but lies nonetheless, and we pick and choose the lies that make our lives happiest. The lie tha
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Kurt Vonnegut, Junior was an American novelist, satirist, and most recently, graphic artist. He was recognized as New York State Author for 2001-2003.

He was born in Indianapolis, later the setting for many of his novels. He attended Cornell University from 1941 to 1943, where he wrote a column for the student newspaper, the Cornell Daily Sun. Vonnegut trained as a chemist and worked as a journali
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“Tiger got to hunt, bird got to fly;
Man got to sit and wonder 'why, why, why?'
Tiger got to sleep, bird got to land;
Man got to tell himself he understand.”
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“In the beginning, God created the earth, and he looked upon it in His cosmic loneliness.

And God said, "Let Us make living creatures out of mud, so the mud can see what We have done." And God created every living creature that now moveth, and one was man. Mud as man alone could speak. God leaned close to mud as man sat up, looked around, and spoke. Man blinked. "What is the purpose of all this?" he asked politely.

"Everything must have a purpose?" asked God.

"Certainly," said man.

"Then I leave it to you to think of one for all this," said God.

And He went away.”
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